1966 Shelby Cobra
1966 Shelby Cobra
The first Cobra Daytona coupe, CSX 2287, was painted Viking Blue, a light metallic shade that still looks extremely good on this basic shape and is still preferred by many who saw the car take its first win at Sebring in March of 1964. That success encouraged Ford Motor Company to back a program to quickly build five more coupes to go to Europe and challenge Ferrari. The tiny team of Shelby mechanics that went to Europe with those cars in '64 came tantalizingly close to winning the championship in that year. One of the coupes, CSX 2299, with Dan Gurney and Bob Bondurant did in fact win the GT class at Le Mans and the livery of that car, Viking Blue with thinner Wimbledon White racing stripes added on for easier recognition at speed, is most memorable for that year. In my opinion, the whole effort for '64 was probably that team's greatest achievement, even though it fell short by a few points because of Ferrari's questionable manipulation of the points for the final race at Monza.
For consignment the automotive version with color reminiscence of Dutch Delftware China and similar to the livery of the Daytona cars that gave Ferrari a run for their money. With its White and Cobalt color scheme, this car is anything but fragile as it can give you a great kick in your pants and handles like it's on rails. It has a 347ci Ford stroker engine with a 4-barrel Holley carb, and a top loader 4 speed manual transmission. Throw in some black side pipes snaking across the rockers, and we have a car that is Un-believable as actually badged in front of the shift lever on the interior hump!
Featuring shades of the original cars that went across the pond to take on the Ferraris, a Pearl Blue body we can see its ultra-magnificent sheen, as it is very thick, with no stress marks or fracture lines. This bathing in blue and topping it off with white stripes is a stunner and does not get any more classic looking to the original livery Fords. With the look of the classic Cobra, we note black powder coated side pipes which offer up a very distinctive exhaust note. A nicely polished chrome full roll bar behind the driver, pristine chrome brite-work and full bumpers adorn this racer. Faux knockoff style wheels are wrapped by virtually new Goodrich 235/50R15 TA's in front and 295/50R15 TA's on the rear.
Nicely aged black leather covered bomber buckets complete with wide racing latch style belts, sits in a sea of like new black carpet. A beautiful black vinyl dash wrapped in padding, houses a large polished centrally located gauge cluster sporting various gauges and knobs. A curved lever shifter is well within reach of the pilot as is a rally style drilled wood rimmed GT steering wheel. Black vinyl covers the doors complete with a pleated pouch for storage in both doors. A shout out to the trunk where the black covering theme persists in black all-weather carpeting, and all buttoned up back here.
Under the hood we are greeted with a 347ci V8 stroker. Inside is a Comp cam .533i .533e and 244i and 244e degrees of duration of .050. Feeding this modified mill is a Holley 4-barrel carburetor. A 4-speed manual top loader transmission on back, and this pushes power rearward to a Jaguar rear with IRS.
Box and tube framing with a reinforcing X member which is capped on the main rails with 1x2 inch stitch welded tubular steel, and we now have a very rigid chassis with minimal torque steer and chassis flex. All this in near perfect condition with certainly no surface rust or anything otherwise. Also seen underneath are a remote oil filter, electronic fuel pump, aluminum radiator, and front-end framing showing independent suspension. For the rear, independent coil-overs with double shocks supporting the Jaguar rear axle. Disc brakes are on all 4 corners.
What a pleasure! A good stiff ride, plenty of power, and beautiful melodious exhaust tone is worth the price of admission alone. With the addition of power rack and pinion steering getting in and out of tight spaces is a breeze. The black leather bomber seats and all the while you are turning plenty of heads and it is due in part to the unique sound. The classic color scheme does not hurt either!
Like the artists of the original Delft China, this build was meticulously and artistically performed utilizing a stout 347ci with added inside goodies, perfectly machined and polished, and looking fab. Comfy interior mostly for going fast, and those faux knockoff are to die for. Un-believable!
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